Prizefighter: A {custom} Ducati Monster 600 constructed for a Turkish actor


Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles
The Ducati Monster is extensively credited with saving the Italian marque within the 90s. A part of its success lies in its minimalist brawler aesthetic—and a part of it lies in the truth that Ducati has all the time provided the Monster in myriad engine sizes at various worth factors. Should you couldn’t fairly spring for an M900 again in 1994, the Ducati Monster 600 regarded simply as cool, value much less, and nonetheless made satisfactory energy.

A long time on, the Monster is a really completely different beast and has even shed its trademark trellis body. However the mid-90s Monster nonetheless has attraction—and it’s obtained tons of {custom} bike potential, as evidenced by this tradition Ducati Monster 600 from Turkey’s Bunker Customized Cycles.

Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles
The 1998-model Monster 600 belongs to the Turkish actor Kadir Doğulu, who went via appreciable effort to acquire it. The story goes that the bike was one in every of 4 imported to Turkey within the late 90s as present bikes for a serious native 4×4 occasion. Kadir noticed it within the nook of a parking storage gathering mud and hassled the proprietor for ten years earlier than he lastly agreed to promote it.

By then, the Monster 600 was desperately in want of rescue. A decade of being parked had given the weather time to work, leaving the chassis, gasoline tank, and a complete whack of alloy components lined in rust. Kadir held onto the bike for some time, then known as within the brothers at Bunker Customized Cycles, Mert and Can Uzer, to revive it.

Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles
“He defined to us that he needed a dependable bike to experience, with max efficiency and higher braking,” Can tells us. “He additionally needed to make use of it as a single seater, however with a removable secondary passenger seat.”

Eradicating the rust that was littered all through the Monster was a excessive precedence too, so Bunker stripped the bike right down to its nuts and bolts and started sorting via the mess. The body, engine casings, and smaller oxidized components had been all sandblasted, refurbished, and powder-coated. However the Monster’s authentic gasoline tank wasn’t so fortunate.

Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles
“We tried to avoid wasting the fuel tank nevertheless it was filled with rust,” explains Can. “The carbs had been filled with gunk too, all of the O-rings and gaskets had been drained, and it had an enormous battery below the unique tank. So as soon as the fuel tank was out of the image, it allowed us to rearrange every thing.”

Can and Mert fabricated a metal gasoline cell that may maintain nearly the identical quantity of gasoline because the OEM unit, then formed an aluminum cowl to take a seat over it. The form is a departure from the traditional Monster model, however now reveals faint hints of Ducati’s iconic SuperSport fashions. Extra importantly, it sits on the Monster’s trellis body prefer it was all the time meant to be there.

Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles
Subsequent, the Uzer bros. re-jigged the house beneath the tank to make room for a pair of large Okay&N pod filters, with a small Lithium-ion battery positioned beneath them. The filters had been chosen particularly to match the stage 4 tuning equipment from Dynojet, which has helped the Ducati’s 583 cc L-twin engine attain its full potential. The Monster has a greater soundtrack now too, courtesy of a two-into-one exhaust system with a Cone Engineering muffler.

It was determined that the Monster 600’s OEM headlight and speedo would stay in place for the sake of nostalgia. Bunker stored its distinct three-spoke wheels too, however swapped the previous rubber for brand spanking new Anlas Capra RD tires. The Ducati’s inventory Brembo brakes had been refurbished and upgraded with contemporary Galfer discs.

Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles
Transferring to the rear of the bike, Bunker modified the subframe to accommodate their customizable two-up seat design. Tucked below the bobbed rider’s seat is a pair of body rail channels that the detachable pillion pad slides into. Neat aspect panels conceal the mounting system, and the entire association cuts a really comparable line to the unique Monster.

The taillight is a Ducati Scrambler half, mounted flush below the rider’s seat however nonetheless seen when the passenger part is in play. A custom-made rear wheel hugger hosts the license plate, and a pair of three-in-one LEDs from Rizoma that supply much more rear visibility. There’s a stealthy inside fender sitting additional ahead.

Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles
The fashionable entrance fender is a {custom} half too, designed to enhance Bunker’s new gasoline tank. LED flip indicators are bolted to the unique headlight ears, whereas new grips adorn the handlebars.

As we’ve come to anticipate from Can and Mert, this tradition Ducati Monster 600’s livery is easy and placing. A touch of yellow pops exhausting towards a heat gray basis, with classic Ducati logos emblazoned on the tank. Brown Alcantara on the seat finishes issues off with panache.

Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles
This Monster may need began as a uncared for 90s newbie bike, nevertheless it now punches effectively above its weight. Now if solely Ducati would deliver again the entry-level Monster (with a trellis body, please).

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Custom Ducati Monster 600 by Bunker Custom Cycles